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A lot of people prepare for NaNoWriMo. I do as well, only my preparations are a little bit different from everyone else’s.
Of course, I plan a novel to write. I didn’t use to (when I started NaNo, I was a committed pantser) but I’ve learned recently that NaNo is much easier with a plan firmly in place. Shockingly, that’s the easy part of preparing for NaNo.
Yes, I just called planning an entire novel “easy”.
For me, the hard part is getting ready for my Municipal Liaison duties. As an ML, I work with a good friend to plan various and sundry local events, write and send out weekly pep-filled e-mails, and generally act as a cheerleader for the local group of crazies… I mean writers. No matter how well we plan, it’s exhausting and usually knocks me out for most of December (I recover just in time for Christmas!) But I wouldn’t change it for the world!
I don’t want to talk a lot about what’s going on this year, because I know some local Wrimos read this blog and I don’t want to spoil them just yet, but here’s a general schedule for what we do to prepare.
July – start to get excited: only three months to go!
August – get together and plan approximate event dates and locations, working around work schedules, my trip to San Francisco, and other time constraints. There are six major (newcomer’s night, kickoff, midnight kickoff, midway bash, twelve-hour, and TGIO – Thank Goodness It’s Over) and eight minor (weekly write-ins) events, as well as eight online events. That works out to nineteen events in thirty days (not including kickoff, newcomer’s night, and TGIO, which happen in other months. And that’s a small load for a region of our size.
September – Order stickers for the locals, brainstorm ideas for the yearly theme, and start on any prep work that we can do. This includes the “survival kit”/goody bag for kickoff, pre-writing as much of the weekly e-mails as we can, planning the midway craft, brainstorm fundraising ideas, ‘standard’ forum posts that always go up, posters, press releases, etc. Of course, here’s when we start to confirm with venues and beg for space that we need, prizes for TGIO attendees and superstars, and generally begin to freak out.
October – Pray that stickers arrive in time. Wash hideous yellow ML shirt (I would include a picture, but it’s not photographable. Seriously, you’ll thank me for this). Finalize dates with all venues. Finalize all written information. Print out what needs to be printed and put together goody bags, craft supplies, and all necessary other goodies and supplies. Try not to panic. Host newcomer’s night and prepare for kickoff. Host kickoff. Prepare for midnight kickoff, and get ready for another wild ride!
November – I cannot describe NaNoWriMo to you. It’s a month filled with joy, sorrow, stress, creativity, inspiration, perspiration, and general insanity that can only be experienced. In my case, I will be spending a week in San Francisco for the annual “Night of Writing Dangerously” write-a-thon/fundraiser for NaNoWriMo. I’ll return the night before our twelve-hour event. Yes, I am completely insane.
December – Host TGIO. Try to find any remaining energy to be peppy. Sleep for two weeks. Wake up and prepare for Christmas.
And that’s it. Then I rest for eight more months and start the whole crazy process over again. It’s a wild ride, but the day I have to quit being an ML, I’m pretty sure wild horses will be involved. A whole herd. With the requisite thundering and snorting and pawing of hooves.
Anyway, there will be more NaNoWriMo information incoming as we get closer to the month. I’ll try not to be too boring but it’s about to consume my life for the next few weeks.
T-45 days until NaNoWriMo! Are you ready?
What do you do to prepare for NaNo? Any MLs care to weigh in on their process (or lack thereof)?